The Norfolk Chamber’s Opportunities 2013 event was an all round success for buyers, suppliers, exhibitors and delegates. The media sponsors for the event were Archant and the event had a packed schedule and was a packed event.
The exhibition was lively with some interactive and eye catching stands. The best stand award, chosen by Andrew Merricks, Chair of Trustees from Nelson’s Journey the featured event charity, was awarded to Image Display for their ‘Market Stall’ stand inspired by fruitful ways to showcase your business in the marketplace.
‘Opportunities 2013 a stunning event for Green Duck Recycling with a good number of meetings booked for the coming week. Norfolk is moving in the right direction. Green Duck Recycling had a great deal of success not only with the Meet the buyer event but with more interest on our stand.’ David Palmer, Green Duck Limited.
Technology Zone sponsors OneStream had the Nokia bus outside so delegates could check out the latest handsets and Hospitality & Leisure Zone sponsors Eaton Vale Activity Centre teamed up with Moco Developments to show effective ways to communicate using mini remote control tanks. The exhibition had 500 people in attendance and an all round good atmosphere and there were plenty of ways to do business.
‘We had a really good day at the Chamber event; we met with clients and it gave us the opportunity to speak to businesses who were interested in our services. Great to be involved, our best show yet!’ Holly Stibbon, 101Smart Limited.
The Meet the Buyer went down a storm with more buyers and suppliers than ever before and by the end of the day all of the 800 appointments with the 40 buyers were fully booked, providing plenty of opportunities to do business.
‘A really lively and vibrant event which gave lots of contact with energetic SME suppliers. It gave us the opportunity to both broaden our supply base and encourage local supplier development.’ Vincent Hunt, South Norfolk District Council (Buyer)
‘Well presented, certainly a powerful business tool. Everything is up for negotiation!’ Hellen Hetherington, Anglia Farmers (Buyer)
‘This was a very helpful event in which I saw suppliers locally who we were not aware of and would not necessarily seen or realised we needed to see had they contacted us cold.’ Andrew Brookes, Adnams Plc (Buyer)
There was also three great workshops from Mark Rhodes, Rhodes2Success on Networking so easy anyone can do it, Mike Jones, Modello on Broadband : It’s more than just speed which was sponsored by BT Business and David Tillyer, 101Smart Limited on How to get results from Email Marketing.
The networking workshop came in particularly useful for those that attended Networking United which was a unique event bringing Norfolk’s Networking Organisations together to network under one roof.
Overall it was a great day with lots of great opportunities to do business. Photos of the event are available here.
Our next Norwich Business breakfast features speaker Fiona Ryder, MD from Mustard, Archant’s new television venture so book your place here.